This article is a few days old but I thought it would be an interesting read while we are waiting for news to come. It gives a bit of clarification which technology GM really has their hands on (from affarsvarlden.se):
Both GM and Saab have been reticent about exactly what GM has the rights. But Ny Teknik can sort out the details, model for model:
– The rights to the technology in the new 9-5 is 100 percent owned by GM. Saab has certainly developed a range of technical solutions, but there are GM authorized to use them as you wish. Saab has no right to use “their” technology in other cars without paying the license fee to the GM.
– The technique of 9-3 only partially owned by GM. Saab owns most of the time itself, and may also use GM technology without paying the license fee.
– In the case of 9-4X is the GM of the principle supplier of all cars.
– The so-called architecture of the new Phoenix, which will form the basis for the new 9-3 and even the next generation 9-5, 100 percent owned by Saab. But at least the new 9-3 is containing components and technology to be purchased and licensed by GM.
This illustrates that there is no way to get things going without GM, at least if you want to produce cars in the near future. So let’s hope that all parties negotiate serious enough to agree on a solution. I am still optimistic though the big question mark is how many hits the Chinese are willing to take since GM seems to have a clear view what they are willing to allow.